Saturday, 25 October 2014

No greater feeling

Hi Bloggers.

I'm demonstrating at the Stables Card Emporium in Habrough today. If you're in the area, please stop by.

Here's today's card -

For the background, with the stamp in my hand I randomly stamped Phill Martin's Vintage Sheet Music Background onto Coconut White Card using Stonewashed Adirondack Dye Ink. I repeated the process with Phill Martin's Vintage Script Background using Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink. I made sure the ink was dry and ran it through the Grand Calibur with the Couture Creations Feather Frenzy Embossing Folder. I ran it through a second time to extend the design and inked around the edges with Chipped Sapphire. I rubbed Pearl Moon Gilding Wax over the embossed surface. I left it to dry for a few minutes and then buffed it up using a dry wet wipe. I added Cosmic Shimmer Sky Blush Twinkles around the edges and out aside to dry.

I stamped the Senorita Stamp using Perfect Medium and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Steel Blue Aurora Embossing Powder. I cut it out using Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics B and inked through the die with Chipped Sapphire. I cut a Spellbinders Floral Ribbon Threader Die out of Navy Card.

I stamped the sentiment from the Step by Step Stamp Set using Perfect Medium and embossed with Steel Blue Aurora. I cut it out using Spellbinders Fancy Postage Edge and inked through the die with Chipped Sapphire.

I tied a bow using Sheer Iridescent Ribbon, added some Silver Tulle and a Black Crystal Sparkler.

I made some flowers out of the same ribbon and cut some leaves out of Coconut White Card using Sue's Petite Vinery Die Set.

I assembled the card as shown adding a Small Black Circle Dazzler to each corner and some dots of Cosmic Shimmer Summer Blue Pearlescent PVA around the edges.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Life is Better

Hi Bloggers.

I had an email yesterday telling me that I have been nominated in the Most Inspirational Craft Blog Category in the British Craft Awards 2015 in association with Craft, Hobby & Stitch International. Gobsmacked - I think that's the term I would use! I'm not expecting to win as Sue Wilson and Sam Poole have also been nominated but well chuffed to have been nominated. You can vote here.

Here's today's card -

For the background, I simply ran a piece of Coconut White Card through the Grand Calibur with the Creative Expressions Celtic Flower Embossing Folder.

I stamped the sentiment from the Uplifting Thoughts Stamp Set onto Coconut White Card using Jet Black Archival and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Clear Embossing Powder. I stamped a Swirl from the Justrite Typewriter Sentiments Clear Stamp Set either side of the sentiment using Jet Black Archival. I cut it out using Spellbinders Matting Basics B.

I stamped the Wrought Iron Frame onto Black Card using Perfect Medium and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer True White Detail Embossing Powder. I cut it out using Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics B.

I cut 4 Justrite Heirloom Flourish Two out of Coconut White Card and attached them to the frame as shown.

I assembled the card as shown adding some Black Pearls to the corners and some dots of Cosmic Shimmer Pearlescent PVA in Black Pearl around the edges.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Eat Sleep Salsa

Hi Bloggers.

Here's todays card -

For the background, with the stamp in my hand, I randomly stamped Phill Martin's Vintage Sheet Music Background onto Coconut White Card using Seedless Preserves Distress Ink. I repeated the process with Phill Martin's Vintage Script Background using Dusty Concord Distress Ink. I made sure the ink was dry and then ran it through the Grand Calibur with the Floral Brocade PinPoint Embossing Folder. I inked around the edges with Seedless Preserves and rubbed Pearl Moon Gilding Wax over the embossed surface. I left it to dry for a few minutes and then buffed it up using a dry wet wipe.

I stamped the Salsa Stamp using Perfect Medium and embossed using Cosmic Shimmer Arctic Black Aurora Embossing Powder. I cut it out using Spellbinders Labels 8 and inked through the die with Seedless Preserves. I cut a Spellbinders Locking Loops Die out of Rich Plum Card.

I stamped the sentiment from the Step by Step Stamp Set using Perfect Medium and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Arctic Black Aurora Embossing Powder. I cut it out using Justrite Vintage Labels Two Dies and inked through the die with Seedless Preserves. I cut a Spellbinders Floral Ribbon Threader Die out of Rich Plum Card.

I tied a bow using Sheer Iridescent Ribbon, added some Black Tulle, a Black Crystal Sparkler and a couple of Black Pearl Decorative Stick Pins.

I assembled the card as shown adding some Small Black Circle Dazzlers to the corners and some dots of Cosmic Shimmer Black Pearl PVA around the edges.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

You are a Treasured Friend

Hi Bloggers.

A small-ish card today -

For the background, I ran a piece of Coconut White Card through the Grand Calibur with the Creative Expressions Flourish Embossing Folder. I popped a little Pearl Cosmic Shimmer Shimmer Paint onto my Craft Sheet and picked some up onto a piece of Cut n Dry Foam. I rubbed it over the embossed surface. I then inked around the edges with Pink Sherbet Adirondack Dye Ink.

I masked off the flowers in the Cala Lily Trio Stamp and inked the frame up with Jet Black Archival, removed the mask, stamped and added Cosmic Shimmer Clear Embossing Powder. I stamped the sentiment from the True Thoughts Stamp Set in the centre of the frame, again using Jet Black Archival, added Clear Powder and heat set the lot. I coloured the frame in using Pastel Pink from the Cosmic Shimmer Pastels Watercolour Set. I cut it out using Spellbinders Fancy Postage Edge and inked through the die with Pink Sherbet Ink. I cut a Spellbinders Enchanted Labels 28 die out of Pink Card.

I stamped the Anenome Planter Stamp using Jet Black Archival and embossed with Clear Powder. I cut the little flowers out, coloured them with Pastel Pink Watercolour and added a 3mm White Pearl to the centres. I cut a couple of leaves out of Coconut White Card using the Cricut Explore.

I assembled the card as shown adding some White Pearls to the corners and some dots of Cosmic Shimmer Pearlescent PVA in Cosmic Pearl around the edges.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Save the last Waltz for me

Hi Bloggers.

I'm doing the first set of Christmas Workshops at Creative Expressions HQ in Kettering today. I know some of you will be there so see you soon! There's still a couple of spaces left on the 2nd day (next Wednesday) - please see the left hand side bar of this blog for details.

Over the weekend I popped some more card sample packs on ebay and a whole bunch of stamps. Please click on the ebay link in the top menu of this blog to go and have a look. This time I'm raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust with the proceeds of the card samples.

John Lockwood has a couple of last minute shows on Create & Craft today - on his own this time. He's on at 10am and 3pm. Hope you can tune in.

Here's today's card -

For the background, with the stamp in my hand, I randomly stamp Phill Martin's Vintage Sheet Music Background onto Milk Card using Peacock Feathers Distress Ink. I repeated the process with Phill Martin's Vintage Script Background and Iced Spruce Distress Ink. I made sure the ink was dry and then ran it through the Grand Calibur with the Couture Creations Buttons Galore Embossing Folder. I ran it through a second time to extend the design and inked around the edges with Peacock Feathers. I rubbed Patina Gilding Wax over the embossed design and left to dry for a few minutes. Once dry, I buffed it up using a dry wet wipe.

I stamped the American Smooth Stamp using Perfect Medium and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Lapis Black Aurora Embossing Powder. I cut it out using Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics A and inked through the die with Peacock Feathers. I cut a Spellbinders Pearl Effects out of Teal Card.

I stamped the sentiment from the Step by Step Stamp Set using Perfect Medium and embossed with Lapis Black Aurora. I cut it out using Spellbinders Classic Squares Large and inked through the die with Peacock Feathers. I cut a Spellbinders Eyelet Squares out of Teal Card.

I made a flower out of White Crochet Ribbon and cut a couple of leaves out of Teal Card using Sue Wilson's Petite Vinery Die Set.

I assembled the card as shown adding a Small Circle Dazzler to each corner and some dots of Cosmic Shimmer Pearlescent PVA in Cosmic Pearl around the edges.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.

Monday, 20 October 2014

It's Your Day Celebrate!

Hi Bloggers.

Here's today's card -

For the panels, I scribbled some Ivory, Pastel Blue and Pastel Lilac Cosmic Shimmer onto some Coconut White Card (great technique from Sue Wilson) and put aside to dry for a few hours. Once dry, I cut it into 3 pieces and matted them onto Sky Blue Card.

For the background, I simply ran a piece of Coconut White Card through the Grand Calibur with the Creative Expressions Heart Lattice Embossing Folder.

I stamped the sentiment from the Justrite Celebrations Sentiments onto Sky Blue Card using Perfect Medium and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Silver Shine Detail Embossing Powder. I cut it out using Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics B.

I stamped one of the Mini Ornate Frames onto Coconut White Card using Perfect Medium and embossed with Silver Shine Detail Powder. I cut it out using Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics B.

I cut a Spellbinders Polka Dots Die out of Sky Blue Card.

 I made a flower out of White Crochet Ribbon and cut a couple of leaves out of Sky Blue Card using Sue Wilson's Petite Vinery Die Set.

I assembled the card as shown adding an 8mm Pearl to each corner and some dots of Cosmic Shimmer Pastel Blue PVA around the edges.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

No greater feeling

Hi Bloggers.

Here's today's card -

For the background, I ran a piece of Milk Card through the Grand Calibur with Couture Creations Feather Frenzy Embossing Folder. I ran it through a second time to extend the design and then inked all over using Raisin Adirondack Dye Ink. I then rubbed Deep Red Gilding Wax all over the embossed surface. I left it to dry for a few minutes and then buffed it up using a dry wet wipe.

I stamped the Argentine Tango Stamp using Perfect Medium and embossed using Cosmic Shimmer Lava Black Aurora Embossing Powder. I cut it out using Spellbinders Devine Eleoquence and inked through the die with Raisin Adirondack. I cut a Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics B out of Black Card and glued it behind the Devine Eleoquence Die Cut.

I stamped the sentiment from the Step by Step Stamp Set using Perfect Medium and embossed with Lava Black Aurora. I cut it out using Sue Wilson's Seville Die Set and inked through the die with Raisin Adirondack.

I cut Sue's Petite Vinery Die Set out of Milk Card and inked through the die with Raisin Ink. I added a Black Organza Ribbon Rose.

I assembled the card as shown adding a Small Circle Dazzler to the corners and some dots of Cosmic Shimmer Pearlescent PVA in Black Pearl around the edges.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

The music life plays

Hi Bloggers.

Here's today's card -

For the background, with the stamp in my hand, I randomly stamped Phill Martin's Vintage Sheet Music Background onto Coconut White Card using Weathered Wood Distress Ink. I then stamped the 'Let's Dance' sentiment from the Step by Step Stamp Set a few times, again using Weathered Wood. I made sure the ink was dry and then ran it through the Grand Calibur with the Checkerboard PinPoint Embossing Folder and inked around the edges with Weathered Wood. I added some Sparkle Star Cosmic Shimmer Twinkles around the edges and put aside to dry.

I stamped the Quick Step Stamp using Perfect Medium and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Steel Blue Aurora Embossing Powder. I cut it out using Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics B and inked through the die with Weathered Wood. I cut a Spellbinders Pearl Effects out of Sky Blue Card.

I stamped the sentiment from the Step by Sentiment Stamp Set using Perfect Medium and embossed with Steel Blue Aurora. I cut it out using Spellbinders Ornate Squares and inked through the die with Weathered Wood. I cut a Spellbinders Luscious Labels One out of Sky Blue Card.

I tied a bow using White Crochet Ribbon, added a piece of Silver Tulle, a White Crystal Sparkler and a couple of White Pearl Decorative Stick Pins.

I assembled the card as shown adding some Small Circle Dazzlers to the corners and some dots of Cosmic Shimmer Pearlescent PVA in Cosmic Pearl around the edges.

I'm demoing at Daisy Jewels in Coventry today. Please stop by if you're in the area.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.

Friday, 17 October 2014

It takes two to Tango

Hi Bloggers.

Here's today's card -

For the background, I ran a piece of Black Card through the Grand Calibur with the Couture Creations Feather Frenzy Embossing Folder. I ran it through a second time to extend the design. I rubbed Deep Red Gilding Wax over the embossed design and left to dry for a few minutes. Once dry, I buffed it up using a dry wet wipe.

I stamped the Argentine Tango Stamp onto Milk Card using Perfect Medium and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Lava Black Aurora Embossing Powder. I cut it out using Spellbinders Distressed Edges and inked through the die with Raisin Adirondack Dye Ink. I cut a Spellbinders Locking Loops Die out of Rich Red Card.

I stamped the sentiment from the Step by Step Stamp Set using Perfect Medium and embossed with Lava Black Aurora. I cut it out using Spellbinders Captivating Squares and inked through the die with Raisin Ink.

I tied a knot in a piece of Black Tulle, trimmed it down a little and added a Black Organza Ribbon Rose.

I assembled the card as shown adding some Small Black Circle Dazzlers to the corners and some dots of Cosmic Shimmer Pearlescent PVA in Black Pearl around the edges.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.